Online Book Club: At The Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen


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At the Water's Edge

Welcome to the October Online Book Club.
This month we’re discussing
At The Water’s Edge
by Sara Gruen.

Maddie has lived a life devoid of love. She is an afterthought to her parents with a father focused on business and a mother centered only on herself. When she does pay some attention to Maddie, it is only to change her or control her appearance. When she finally does break free and go to school as an adult, she finds herself the center of a small group that focuses on fun and having a good time. They come from money. She marries one of the men from the group and slowly discovers the truth of who her husband really is in At The Water’s Edge– a man who is only out for himself.

I read Sara Gruen’s Like Water for Elephants many years ago and enjoyed that book. I chose At The Water’s Edge for the October Online Book Club since I had picked up the book at a library book sale. I didn’t know much about the book other than liking another book by the same author. The storyline was interesting and it should make for an interesting book club discussion.

Discuss the book below or join the Facebook group.


  1. Did you like At the Water’s Edge? Why or why not?
  2. Do you think Maddie’s character is realistic?
  3. How would a childhood like Maddie’s affect a person long-term?
  4. What was your first impression of Ellis? Did you realize right away he wasn’t a nice guy or did it take a while?
  5. Do you think Hank and Ellis actually did a coin toss to see who would marry Maddie?
  6. Do you think Hank and Ellis thought the Loch Ness Monster was real or did they always plan to fake their video footage?
  7. Do you think finding the monster would have validated Ellis with his father?
  8. What would you have done in Maddie’s shoes when the men left her alone at the inn?
  9. Do you think the ending was realistic? Were you happy for Maddie?
  10. Is there anything else you want to discuss? Share that question here.

Thank you for reading with us and stopping by to discuss At The Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen!

 Join us on November 28 to discuss The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty!


About Sarah Anne Carter

Sarah Anne Carter is a writer and reader. She grew up all over the world as a military brat and is now putting down roots with her family in Ohio. Family life keeps her busy, but any spare moment is spent reading, writing or thinking about plots for novels.

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